If you’re still not in the Christmas spirit, just step into the neighborhood of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.
Every December over 100,000 people from all over the world, come to see the over-the-top Christmas lights of Dyker Heights. Whether you think excessive Christmas decorations are festive or tacky, Dyker Heights is still a must-see for the whole family.
The Dyker Heights Christmas lights have been a tradition since 1986 and have become progressively more extravagant and excessive each year. Most houses get their lights and decorations done professionally, with the intention to outdo the house next door.
You think your electricity bill is high? Rumor has it that some home owners are spending up to $10,000 on their electricity bills in the month of December due to the decorations.
Dyker Heights is completely free, but be sure to plan your visit between 5 and 9pm until Dec 31st. The lights go from 11th Avenue to 13th Avenue and from 83rd to 86th Street in Brooklyn.
Tip: 83rd and 84th Streets between 11th and 12th Avenues have (arguably) the best decorations/lights of the neighborhood.
Check out this video from a recent visitor (It’s a little jumpy, but it captures how seriously Dyker Heights takes their Christmas decorations).